You seem better equipped to run this country than the current bloke. You absolutely nailed it with your post. I just turned around halfway to the beach...not because I'm scared of the virus nor am I particularly at risk of having it. I turned around because I as a learned individual can choose to set the example. That example is that it's not ok to just carry on and do what we want. It's selfish and dangerous and provides people with the idea that they also can go about doing whatever they want.ChrisTaylor wrote: ↑Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:39 pmI'm in this dilemma too. And what occurs to me is while I can regulate my own behaviour -- staying away from others, and keeping my hands away from railings and etc -- I can't control others' behaviour. It's weird, as I've gone to piers and beaches -- quiet and busy ones -- and never put much thought into that before.Troy McLure wrote: ↑Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:29 amThe way I interpret this situation is as long as I ( we) keep adherence to the social distance rules then it should be ok. Having said that, if thousands try go fishing at once then we will have a big problem and will be forced to stop.
I’m hoping to wet a line in a deserted place this weekend but my social conscience is starting to eat away at me after reading some comments on here.
There's also a sense that by being out and about unnecessarily, I'm (and indeed all of us who still want to go fishing) potentially normalising this behaviour. That is to say, us going out and about when we're being advised to go home and stay home sends an implicit message that it's okay for all of us to go wherever the hell we like. I think if someone goes out and encounters no one, it reinforces the message that they should stay at home. If they go out and see lots of people (ignoring the efforts those people may be taking to distance themselves from others), it makes going out 'okay.'
I'm torn between not going out fishing at all, which is my current position, and sticking to quieter locations (i.e. avoiding Mordialloc and Mornington). I don't need to get bait, given I've got plenty of plastics and jigheads, so I can go out and conceivably have zero interactions with anyone ... but maybe I don't need to directly interact with someone to have an influence over their behaviour.
So I'm putting the rods away for a bit. I just helped my daughter build a cubby house with clothes drying racks and doonas and now I'll read a book for a bit.
If you have to think if it's ok or not to do something then it probably isn't essential.
Peace to you all.
They will be out there when we get the green light.